KOFO Local News

Extension granted in case of Ottawa bank robber

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

DULUTH, Minn. — A federal judge has agreed to yet another extension in the case of a Minnesota man who has pleaded guilty to kidnapping his ex-wife and robbing the Great Southern Bank in Ottawa three years ago. Timothy Caskey is facing a 30-year sentence for his cross-country journey from Minnesota to Mexico. Although U.S. Judge John Tunheim has denied several objections by Caskey’s attorneys, he agreed to extend the sentencing until at least Nov. 10 for attorney motions in federal court in Duluth, Minn.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Crash kills one in Osage County

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

BURLINGAME — One person has died from a two-vehicle crash north of Burlingame Monday night. The two vehicles crashed at 157th and Burlingame roads, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said. One person was flown from the scene by helicopter and another was taken to a hospital by ground ambulance, she said. One person died later from the injuries. Dunn said the identification of the two is being withheld until the next of kin is notified.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5 p.m.

Get Set…Go!

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA–It appears the way has been cleared for construction to begin on a new Price Chopper Store north of Orscheln’s.  At a special City Commission meeting, several measures were approved that will help finance the project, which will total about $10,700,000.  One measure will allow the owners to collect a special sales tax that will help defray the cost of the project.  The new store is expected to open in the late Spring or Summer of 2015.

Monday, Oct. 20, 7:25 pm

New Strawn woman, boy killed in I-35 crash in Osage County

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 15, 2014

WAVERLY – A 26-year-old woman and a 4-year-old boy from New Strawn were killed Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on I-35 in Osage County. Krystal Smith was driving south on I-35 about four miles north of Waverly when her Jeep SUV went into the center median, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Smith tried to bring the vehicle back onto the road but overcorrected, causing the SUV to overturn several times before coming to rest on its wheels in the west ditch, the highway patrol said. Smith and a passenger, Cory Sheppard, were both killed. Two other children who were passengers, Christian Smith, 9, and Donavan Krutchfield, 6, both of New Strawn, were injured and were both taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. The highway patrol said they were all wearing seat belts or safety restraints.
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.

Man convicted of kidnapping and trying to rape teen seeks new trial

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 15, 2014

TOPEKA – Once again, former Arizona prison inmate Ralph Corey is seeking to overturn his conviction of kidnapping a Williamsburg teen and trying rape her. Franklin County assistant attorney James Ward will be in Topeka this afternoon defending the conviction before a panel of appeals court judges. Corey is trying to overturn his conviction on technical grounds, Ward said. Corey was sentenced to nearly 34 years in prison for the crime, which occurred 14 years ago after the girl left the Ottawa Wal-Mart Supercenter in Ottawa. The sentencing occurred after he was convicted after his second trial. Corey’s first trial was declared a mistrial after a juror used a smart phone to research information about the case during deliberations. Corey was in an Arizona prison when his DNA was linked to the Ottawa case by a special Kansas Bureau of Investigation cold-case computer program.
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.

Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting Press Conference

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 15, 2014

Hunting: Deadly shooting of Ottawa man by police, deputies was justified

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 14, 2014

OTTAWA — Ottawa police officers and Franklin County deputies were justified in shooting Joseph Jennings, Ottawa, on Aug. 23 in the Orscheln’s parking lot, 2008 S. Princeton St., Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting said. The investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation of the fatal shooting is virtually complete, and no charges will be filed, Hunting said during a news conference this afternoon. The incident was sparked by a call to 911, in which a caller reported a man with a gun was behaving erratically, he said. Hunting said Jennings phoned in that report himself and gave the dispatcher a description of the man. “He described himself to a T,” Hunting said. Jennings gave his name to the dispatcher and then disconnected when officers showed up, Hunting said. He said despite efforts by the officers and members of Jennings’ family to defuse the situation, it became increasingly tense, he said. After officers fired a Taser and bean bags at Jennings, he pulled out what officers thought was a gun and pointed it at them and three police officers and two deputies opened fire, Hunting said. Jennings was hit eight or nine times. He died from his wounds at Ransom Memorial Hospital. Hunting says KBI agents found 29 shell casings at the scene. Some bullets hit a nearby house. Jennings wasn’t armed, Hunting said. Instead, it appears Jennings had black sunglasses in his hand, he said. However, testimony and evidence indicate officers believed he had a gun and that they were reacting to protect their lives and the lives of other people in the parking lot, he said.  Hunting said he discussed his findings with Jennings’ family, who have been critical of the police and sheriff’s department, prior to the news conference. In a separate statement, Police Chief Dennis Butler called the shooting a tragedy and offered his condolences to Jennings’ family and friends. He says no officer wants to kill someone and he says his department is devastated by Jennings’ death. “It is my commitment to our community that when we conclude our review of what happened on August 23 our goal will be to identify any steps we can take to better prepare our police officers to protect themselves and other human life,” he said.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m.; updated 5 p.m.

Fire at Wolf Creek nuclear plant

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 14, 2014

WOLF CREEK – Operations at the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant near Burlington returned to normal after a fire Monday. A fire occurred in an emergency diesel generator room, a ompany spokesman said. Employees put out the fire before Coffey County firefighters arrived, he said. The plant was evacuated for about two hours. Federal law requires that the generator be operational within 72 hours or the plant will have to be shut down, he said. It wasn’t immediately known what started the fire or the extent of the damage. The company said no injuries were reported and no radiation was released.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m.

Former Osawatomie coach named to Sports Hall of Fame

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 14, 2014

WICHITA – The coach who led Osawatomie to two state high school football championships was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Game this weekend. Bill Freeman, who lives in LeRoy, also coached Osawatomie quarterback and NFL great Lynn Dickey. In all, Freeman’s teams at Osawatomie, LeRoy and Lawrence High School won eight state football titles and his Lawrence squads won two state track championships. He retired in 1990 after teaching 16 years at Lawrence. Freeman’s daughter, Jennifer Freeman Nauertc, led a year-long campaign to get her dad placed on the hall of fame ballot. She and her three children appeared in Wichita at the induction on his behalf. Freeman, 83, who has Alzheimers, was unable to attend.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m.

Trailer, contents stolen from Pomona

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 14, 2014

POMONA – A 60-year-old Pomona man reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office Suday morning that a trailer was stolen from the 500 block of Monroe Street in Pomona. The trailer had several items inside that were taken when the trailer was taken. The loss of the trailer is estimated at $4,000. The items inside the trailer were estimated at about $1,750.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m.

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